Course Description

We live at a unique point in history where at least five generations are living and working together. Each generation has been shaped by different formative experiences: for the Silent generation—World War 2 and the Great Depression; for Generation X and onwards—the advent of the internet. Because of this, the ways they view life and faith are different..

While it is wrong to overgeneralise the characteristics of each generation, and indeed each individual is in many ways unique, there are also common trends we see in the different generations. This has resulted in misunderstanding and conflict in our families, our organisations, and in the church as well, between those from different generations. One of the fallouts from this conflict is that young adults (millennials) are leaving our churches. This is a challenge the church has not faced before.

Guided by the Scriptures, we believe that the church of Christ is meant to be a body where her members are united, diverse, and interdependent. Therefore, it is critical that we work at understanding the different generations in churches today; to help the different generations understand themselves and each other, to minimise conflict between the generations, and to help each generation contribute their unique strengths so that the church can be healthy and whole for God’s purposes..

  • Location

    Online via Zoom

  • Dates

    Tuesday
    Jul: 12, 19, 26
    Aug: 2, 23, 30

  • Time

    7:15–10.00PM

Instructors

Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn

Associate Lecturer

Soo-Inn is the director of Graceworks, a ministry committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society. He has a BDS from the University of Singapore, a ThM (NT) from Regent College, and a DMin from Fuller Seminary. He has served as Lead Pastor of two churches and as Executive Leader of a major para-church ministry. His passions include connecting the Word of God to the struggles of daily life, and the mentoring of emerging leaders. He is passionate about fresh insights on discipleship and what it means for the 21st century.

Mr Ho Wei-Hao

Associate Lecturer

In his working life, Wei Hao had spent time as a Social Worker in a local Family Service Centre (FSC) and then in different ministries in the Civil Service. During this time, he studied part-time and obtained his MDiv from Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST). Wei Hao has been involved in Youth and Young Adults ministry since he was a tertiary student and one of his current burdens is to help bridge the gap between the different generations in the church through the ongoing Graceworks’ Generations Project.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    General

    • Digital Theological Library

    • BGST Overdrive

    • BGST Library - VLIB

    • General Formatting for all Assignments

  • 3

    Session 2

    • Introduction to The Generations Project

  • 4

    Session 3

    • Considerations for Intergen Ministry

  • 5

    Session 4

    • Potential areas of conflict & Biblical reflections

  • 6

    Session 5

    • A Vision for the Intergen Church

  • 7

    Session 6

    • Mentoring across Generations

  • 8

    Assignment Submission

    • Reflections from Effective Generational Ministry

    • Ministry project